1st European Buddhist Union Chaplaincy Conference
“BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY IN EUROPE” Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 Pre-conference workshops Friday, June 23 Location: Sapienza University, Rome


Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
Pre-conference workshops Friday, June 23

Pre-conference Workshop: Centro Zen L’Arco, Rome and Online
Conference: Sapienza University, Rome and Online

Buddhist chaplaincy is an emerging field in Europe.

Centro Zen L’Arco – together with the EBU Chaplaincy network - is currently organising an exciting programme of speakers, workshops and discussions to foster dialogue amongst dharma practitioners serving in the areas of health, end-of-life-care and prisons.

We want to invite delegates who share the visions of European Buddhist Chaplaincy and who are keen to contribute to its development over the next few years.

Speakers will include dharma teachers, researchers, pioneers, and changemakers from across Europe and the United States.

We will reflect on the unique opportunities and challenges within the European context and explore:

  • the practice of Buddhist spiritual care in different public settings (hospital, hospice, prison)
  • the European approach to Buddhist chaplaincy
  • the training needs and pathways to becoming a Buddhist chaplain
  • the various training models offered in the United States and Asia
  • the new training course for Buddhist chaplains planned by the EBU
  • the insights from chaplains of other denominations

In addition, the conference will provide forums to identify spiritual and pastoral needs within Buddhist communities to encourage broader community cohesion and social integration.

All are warmly welcome, especially Dharma practitioners serving in public settings/ engaged in sangha care and anyone interested in Buddhist contemplative-based spiritual care. Sessions can also be followed live online.

Our deepest wish is to find ways to work together and serve others in the full spirit of dhamma / dharma. We are looking forward to seeing you in Rome this June!


Rev. Joan Halifax Roshi – Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, Hospice Caregiver

Dr. Monica Sanford – Assistant Dean for Multireligious Ministry, Lecturer in Ministry Studies, Harvard University

Ven. Ajahn Khemadhammo (Phra Bhavanaviteht) OBE, Spiritual Director, Angulimala The Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy

Kirsten DeLeo – Meditation Teacher, Buddhist Spiritual Carer, Trainer in Contemplative Care, EBU Chaplaincy Network steering group

Rev. Dario Doshin Girolami – Abbot of Centro Zen L’Arco, Prison Chaplain, EBU Chaplaincy Network Coordinator

Keith Munnings - Meditation Teacher, Hospital Chaplain, EBU Chaplaincy Network steering group

Imam Yahya Pallavicini – President of COREIS (Islamic Religious Community – Italy)

Prof. Antonino Raffone – Professor of Neuroscience, Sapienza University

Ven.Dr. Carola Roloff – Buddhist Nun, Professor of Buddhism, University of Hamburg

Filippo Scianna – Italian Buddhist Union President

Rev. Elena Seishin Viviani – Italian Buddhist Union Religious Ministers coordinator

Dr. Gabor Karsai (TBC) - Managing Director of Mind & Life Europe, Rector of Dharma Gate Buddhist College

Catholic Chaplain, Jewish Chaplain (TBC)

Pre-conference Workshop on hospice, prison and hospital chaplaincy with Kirsten DeLeo, Dario Doshin Girolami, Keith Munnings

Pre-conference Workshop: Centro Zen L’Arco, Piazza Dante 15, Rome
Conference: Sapienza University, Facoltà di Medicina e Psicologia, via dei Marsi 78, Rome

Preconference workshop: the zoom link will be provided soon

Expenses contribution:
Preconference workshop: 40 Euro – please pay cash onsite.
Full Conference: 60 Euro - please pay cash onsite
Online: please pay via Zoom

info at: ebuchaplaincy@gmail.com

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